Peace and Conflict Studies and Study Abroad
The PACS program has just issued a new report outlining opportunities for earning PACS Academic Credit through CU-Boulder Study Abroad Programs.
Service Learning Programs and Volunteer Opportunities Abroad
The University has issued an updated listing of available opportunities.
Many University of Colorado PACS students go abroad at some point during their tenure at CU. PACS recognizes that study abroad courses often provide valuable study about peace-making, whether in conflict resolution, development, religious issues, economic issues, or environmental issues. PACS wants to support such study abroad opportunities, when and if it is relevant to the study of peace and conflict.
If you are planning to study abroad, you may want to have your study abroad courses pre-approved for PACS. To do this please submit a course description of the course (or courses) you think might be relevant to PACS. If you have already been abroad, and would like to know if your coursework applies to PACS, please print an unofficial transcript from CU (i.e., on the PLUS system) with the relevant course(s) highlighted along with a detailed course description (as the course title alone does not provide enough information to evaluate the relevance of the course for PACS). Also, as study abroad program information can be located on the web, it may be helpful if you can find and print relevant information from your program's website and submit it along with (or in place of) the course description.
Please submit the above course information (with your name, student id#, and email address) to Stan Deetz, PACS Director in Hellems 87 (Communication Department located in the basement of the Hellems Building).
Study Abroad Programs
The following are some study abroad programs in which the PACS Certificate Program has worked with before, and is potentially willing to provide credit. However, if there are other programs you are interested in, please submit course information to the PACS Director for consideration.
There are important differences between studying aborad on a CU-Boulder Study Abroad program and a non-CU-Boulder Study Abroad Program. Please see http://studyabroad.colorado.edu to learn more. Please note that some of the programs listed on the PACS website are official CU-Boulder Study Abroad Programs and some are not. CU offers relevant programs through the study abroad program CIEE and SIT.
The School for International Training (SIT) offers a number of abroad programs with peace themes. SIT has an excellent reputation for safety, professionalism, and educational achievement. Examples include:
- Brazil: Culture, Development, and Social Justice
- The Balkans: Gender, Transformation, and Civil Society
- Central Europe: Nationalism, Ethnicity, and Culture
- Chile: Culture, Development, and Social Justice
- Mexico: Grassroots Development and Social Change
- Ireland: Peace and Conflict Studies
- Nicaragua: Revolution, Transformation, and Civil Society
- South Africa: Multiculturalism and Social Change
- Switzerland: International Studies, Organizations, and Social Justice
- Uganda: Development Studies
CIEE has several relevant programs, including:
Another program takes you to Ireland and Cyprus, where you will study the dynamics of conflict resolution in divided societies.
Syracuse University offers a summer program in Europe, focusing on the European Community, its legal codes and its modes of conflict resolution. The Syracuse summer program is located in Strasbourg, France.